Street angel or rebel? — Skating meets urban planning

Are cities planned for people or as technical agglomerations? Can people freely start things and make improvements to their cities, or does development depend solely on strategies and plans? And are skaters thought of as street rebels or as builders of a vibrant urban culture?

These are some of the questions that will be answered in a webinar on Tuesday 9 February 2021 between 14.30 and 16.00 (EET). The keynote speakers are world-leading experts in the field, such as architecture and urban culture professor Iain Borden of University College London, advocate of inclusive skateboarding Kristin Ebeling from Seattle, researcher Mikko Kyrönviita from Tampere University and city planner Gustav Svanborg-Edén from Malmö.

The webinar is free of charge. The webinar is organized together with Chasing the Spot project, event photos are by Keke Leppälä.

Cities for people with tactical urbanism: Skateboarding

Join us and hear the latest trends and best practices in urban development as a researcher, town planner and skater meet in conversation. The webinar will discuss how and on whose terms a people-oriented, thriving city is planned.

Dialogue between stakeholders is essential when planning vibrant cities and residential environments. This webinar will approach urban planning and development from skaters’ point of view. Skating, which has even become an Olympic sports, is deeply rooted in cities. Skaters have created their own robust culture and they can help us all imagine an evolving city made by us for us.

The conversation will also reveal the tools and terminology of modern urban planning. Tactical urbanism, gamification and service design will render new methods and opportunities for engaging residents and visitors in urban development, in addition to planners and technical experts.

Watch the recording of the webinar here >>>


If you have any questions about the event or you have not received the confirmation message, please contact marketing@fcg.fi.

Cities for people with tactical urbanism: Skateboarding
Webinar programme, Tuesday 9 February, 14.30–16.00

Keynote speakers:

  • Iain Borden: City for People and Skateboarding
  • Kristin Ebeling: Skate Like a Girl!
  • Gustav Svanborg-Edén: Skating & Urban Co-Design in Malmö, Sweden
  • Mikko Kyrönviita: Activists and the Self-made City

Panel discussion: Learning from the Skateboard Park

Participants: Teemu Grönlund, chairman, Finnish Skateboard Association and chairman, Pirkanmaan Kaarikoirat nonprofit skateboarding NGO, Samuli Heino, project manager, Chasing the Spot movement,  Carlos Lamuela, urbanist and architect, FCG. The conversation will be chaired by Jani Päivänen of FCG.

The webinar is free of charge but prior registration is required.

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FCG supports the journey of the Finnish skateboarding team to the Olympic games

We are one of the Finnish skateboarding team’s partners in the Chasing the Spot Olympics project. The project is designed to bring together Finland’s representatives for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. 

Anssi Paukkunen of the Finnish Skateboard Association says, “People of all shapes and sizes skate, regardless of gender, financial status and culture. Skaters are united by a love of the discipline, which is not tied to time or place. Skating is a fantastic combination of the joy of leisure and the movement of sport. The Chasing the Spot project will give skating the recognition and appreciation it needs in Finland.”